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Cure Kennel Cough
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
5 yr old has bad cold - congestion, sore throat, barking cough. All OTC cold meds w/ decongestant say 6+. Is there something i can give him?
Depends: Most data cites that completion of 5 days of treatment with an appropriate medication will eliminate later spread of this germ. ...Read more
YES (in some cases): While controversial & considered unproven by many doctors, homeopathy is often very successful in treating asthma. There are many many cases of asthma, both in adults & children, that have fully disappeared after homeopathic treatment. While some doctors may consider this a spontaneous remission or placebo effect, it is a cure nonetheless. See www.Naturalnews.Com/034097_homeopathy_myths.Html. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Chronic bronchial asthma. 2 days coughing up green sputum, no voice, SOB, uncontrolled cough even with benzonatate. No wheeze, o2 94-96%?
Pneumonia: You have acute pneumonia or bacterial bronchitis and you need urgent medical attention. You also list no medical history of any conditions or medications. Without adequate information about your general health, we cannot provide you with any more advice. Please see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Robitussin (guaifenesin): The Robitussin people make a great line of products. They very clearly spell out what is in each cough syrup. There are only a few ingredients to choose from and you don't want to take one that may be unnecessary. Choose a product that has what you need: cough med, decongestant, expectorant, tylenol, (acetaminophen) antihistamine. Most likely, there is a bottle that has the 2 or 3 things in it that you need. ...Read more
Time ; patience: Unfortunately, most cough +/- phlegm are due to viruses for which there are no antibiotic cures. Recent study concluded average duration of cough illness is 18 days. Phlegm color doesn't help determine need for antibiotics. Go see your family doc if you're getting worse, feel short of breath, have a fever, etc. But for most cases, it's a matter of time ; patience. Sorry! ...Read more
My "asthma* symptoms have never included a tickly cough until now. Ventolin relieves the cough. Can blue inhalers relieve coughs in non-asthmatics?
Persistent hacking cough for~2yrs. Severe whooping cough (1xmonth) Lately, chin itches with cough; cough worse at night;unrelated tolying down. Diagnosis?
Need to see Dr.: It is impossible to diagnose without examining you. Please see a Dr. for full evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read more
4.5 year old w/ 5 month dry cough that doesn't respond to asthma or anti-reflux meds or abx. Classic asthma triggers but no wheezing? Pertussis neg.
Post-nasall drip: Persistant cough is 95% of the time a combination of reflux, cough-variant asthma and/or post-nasal drip. The PND can be caused by allergy, chronic low grade sinusitis or non-allergic rhinitis. If all these problems have been excluded the child needs a thorough evaluation by either an allergist or pulmonologist who is experienced with children. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Viral acute bronchitis visit to urgent care 2 days ago given breathing trtmnt & sent home w/ meds. Developed 103°F fever, shaking chills, nt sweats, w/ worse cough & short of breath. Is it pneumonia?
Caught a cold-chest congestion, cough, runny nose, body aches, sore throat.Can't take OTC meds,I take too many prescription meds.Home remedies plz?
Natural remedies: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
16mo, asthma&chronic bacterial bronch. CBB flaring up-congestion, productive cough. Very tired, no fever. taking long, slow, noisy breaths. Go to doc?
Asmathic: Yes, go to the doctor and get checked out ...Read more
My dog has kennel cough is it contagious for me or my 2 children? My son is 11 & my daughter is 8........
No: No, ordinarily the bacteria that classically cause kennel cough do not affect humans. However, there have been case reports of that bacteria affecting humans who are immuno-compromised. As long as everyone in the household his relatively healthy, i'm afraid only your dog is going to be affected. However, your dog can pass it to other dogs! i hope your pup starts feeling better soon! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough: Try this: Force fluids x 8-10 glasses/day: 50% electrolyte rich fluids, 50% clear broth, bullion, consume .Warm water gargles, nasal saline mist, hot tea and dark brown honey, Hot steam showers, Cold-Eze Lozenges, Tylenol 1-2 TABLETS every 4-6 hours as needed for fever greater than 100. Tea with dark brown honey OK to use Robitussin DM( or generic equivalent ) 1-2 tsp. every 4-6 hrs.as needed ...Read more
Depends on cause: Treating a dry cough depends on the cause, all the while remembering that cough is a symptom not a disease. Dry cough can occur due to allergies, exposure to dust, fumes and chemicals, asthma, bronchospasm, viral URI and medications such as ace inhibitors. Avoid the irritant, treat the asthma and bronchospasm, switch the offending medicine and use antihistamines for allergy control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Viral infection: Unfortunately, there is no cure for viral infection, such as the common cold. But you can take antihistamine and decongestant to help with the symptoms. The most important thing is to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest so that your body's immune system can fight the virus off. Home remedies such as warm ginger tea with a touch of honey or taking zinc 75 to 150 mg a day may help also. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Depending on the diagnosis of why you are coughing so bad, will answer your question. For example if you are coughing from a pneumonia, you may need to treat that with antibiotics. If you have a smokers cough-stop smoking. If it's a viral infection, rest, fluids, cough meds, etc. See a dr and gt diagnosed, then the treatment will follow. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Identify trigger: Cough and wheeze are common symptoms of asthma. If these symptoms have been recurrent, frequent or persistent, the person should be evaluated by a lung specialist such as an allergist or pulmonologist. The treatment will depend on the severity and duration of symptoms. Wheezing is a significant problem and should not be downplayed. ...Read more
Time: There really isn't a way to "cure" a cold because it's caused by a virus. Your body will kill it off within 7-14 days. You can help with the symptoms in many ways. Raw honey can help with cough and sore throat. Nasal saline spray or neti-pot can help with the nasal congestion symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tips: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Symptomatic relief: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
No cure...: There is no cure for the common cold, which can cause cough and fever. It is usually due to a viral infection so symptoms are treated while the infection runs its course, usually over several days to a week or so. See your doctor if symptoms are severe or worsening over time. ...Read more
Acute or chronic?: Chronic is either from chronic bronchitis from smoking, gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, post nasal drip, etc. Therefore the underlying condition needs to be identified and treated. Acute cough often responds to honey, dextromethorphin , hydration, narcotic based cough preparations, lozenges, and humidity. ...Read more
See specialist: Try taking him to pediatric pulmonologist. (lung specialist). ...Read more
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